"Those kinds of things, if you keep pushing and you aggravate it, the next thing you know you’re on the DL and you won’t be ready to start the season," manager John Gibbons said. "You’re always banged up in this business. A back is kind of a different thing. It affects everything you do when it tightens up like that. When it gets to the point where it’s affecting your performance, you’ve got to back off a little bit. You want guys to be mentally tough and play through some of that but at this time of year when you’re just trying to get ready to start the season, you’ve got to be smart, too. He said he could go back out there and keep pushing but that doesn’t make much sense. We kind of forced him to shut it down."
Happ wanted to pitch through the discomfort Friday, but the team vetoed his wish. He has surrendered six earned runs in 1 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking five in two appearances.
Pineda missed all of the 2013 season while recovering from shoulder surgery but shined in his 2014 spring debut, allowing only a one-out single in his first inning of work while striking out the first and last batters of both innings. He's in the mix for a rotation spot, but the team will continue to be cautious with the recovering pitcher.
Kuroda struck two in two one-hit innings in his spring debut and followed it up with an even more impressive performance Friday. He also performed well last spring before going 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 150:43 K:BB ratio in 201 1/3 innings during the regular season.
Both Yankee runs off the Detroit starter came on a third-inning home run by outfielder Carlos Beltran. Sanchez pitched two scoreless innings while allowing one hit in his debut, so his spring is going according to plan aside from one pitch to Beltran. He's performing much better than he has in his last two springs (20 earned runs in 25 2/3 innings total).
Frazier is 3 for 11 with one home run, two RBI, three runs, one walk and one stolen base in six games this spring.
"We just pushed him back to be safe with it," manager Brad Ausmus said Friday. "I talked to him today and he said he feels fine. It didn't really bother him to throw anyway. It was just kind of a precaution."
Rondon has allowed one earned run in three innings over three appearances this spring, striking out four and walking none.
"Even though I gave up two runs, I felt like I threw a lot of good pitches," Ventura told MLB.com through a translator. "My arm felt very good and my offspeed pitches were working very well."
Ventura, who pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut, is hoping to make a bid for a rotation spot this spring. He was named the No. 29 prospect in baseball by Baseball America this preseason.
"My curveball felt good, I threw a few sliders in for first pitches -- and that was a pitch that it didn't take too long to get the feel for," Lincecum told MLB.com after the start.
Lincecum threw two scoreless innings in Monday's debut. He'll look to continue last year's improvement from a dismal 2012 season when the regular season begins.